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Tinder’s handling of user data is now under GDPR probe in Europe

Dating app Tinder is the latest tech service to find itself under formal investigation in Europe over how it handles user data.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has today announced a formal probe of how Tinder processes users’ personal data; the transparency surrounding its ongoing processing; and compliance with obligations with regard to data subject right’s requests.

Source: Tinder’s handling of user data is now under GDPR probe in Europe – TechCrunch

Irish DPA investigates Google’s processing of location data

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) – Irelands data protection authority -, in its role as Lead Supervisory Authority for Google, started a formal investigation into Google’s practices to track the location of users and the transparency surrounding that processing.

The investigation follows a series of complaints by several national consumer groups across the EU. Consumer organisations argue that the consent to “share” users’ location data was not freely given and consumers were tricked into accepting privacy-intrusive settings. Such practices are not compliant with the EU’s data protection law GDPR.

DPC will establish whether Google has a valid legal basis for processing the location data of its users and whether it meets its obligations as a data controller with regard to transparency.

Source: Data Protection Commission launches Statutory Inquiry into Google’s processing of location data and transparency surrounding that processing | 04/02/2020 | Data Protection Commission

Carrefour’s fingerprint payments to be investigated by Belgian privacy agency

The Belgian Data Protection Authority has stated that there is “a good chance” it will investigate Carrefour’s fingerprint payment system.

The supermarket chain announced on Tuesday that it will organise a pilot project allowing clients to pay for their groceries with their fingerprints in a store in the centre of Brussels. The clients will be able to pay by scanning their finger at the cash register, after which the money will disappear from their bank account.

Source: Carrefour’s fingerprint payments to be investigated by Belgian privacy agency

EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s data collection

Competition enforcers on both sides of the Atlantic are now looking into how dominant tech companies use and monetise data.

The Commission has sent out questionnaires as part of a preliminary investigation into Google’s practices relating to Google’s collection and use of data. EU’s focus is on data related to local search services, online advertising, online ad targeting services, login services, web browsers and others.

Source: Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google’s data collection – Reuters

EDPS investigates European Parliament’s 2019 election activities and takes enforcement actions

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is carrying out an investigation into the European Parliament’s use of a US-based political campaigning company to process personal data as part of its activities relating to the 2019 EU parliamentary election.

The EDPS is actively engaged in seeking solutions to the challenges of online manipulation in elections. Data protection plays a fundamental role in ensuring electoral integrity and must therefore be treated as a priority in the planning of any election campaign.

Source: EDPS investigates European Parliament’s 2019 election activities and takes enforcement actions | European Data Protection Supervisor

Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe

Microsoft said it was updating the privacy provisions of its commercial cloud contracts after European regulators found its deals with European Union institutions failed to protect data in line with EU law.

The EDPS, the EU’s data watchdog, opened an investigation in April to assess whether Microsoft’s contracts with the European Commission and other EU institutions met data protection rules. It raised concerns about compliance in October.

Source: Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe – Reuters

Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has said her office is conducting a number of investigations into the micro-targeting of individuals on large social media platforms as it raised issues of compliance with new General Data Protection Regulation rules.

Current investigations are open into the use of platforms, data brokers, and ad exchanges. Micro-targeting individuals with specific content has the potential of amplifying the harmful effects of disinformation. Commissioner hopes to conclude all investigations by next year.

Source: Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

EU contracts with Microsoft raising ‘serious’ data concerns

Europe’s chief data protection watchdog has raised concerns over contractual arrangements between Microsoft and the European Union institutions which are making use of its software products and services.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) opened an enquiry into the contractual arrangements between EU institutions and the tech giant this April, following changes to rules governing EU outsourcing.

Though the investigation is still ongoing, preliminary results reveal serious concerns over the compliance of the relevant contractual terms with data protection rules and the role of Microsoft as a processor for EU institutions using its products and services.

Source: EU contracts with Microsoft raising ‘serious’ data concerns, says watchdog | TechCrunch

Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has concluded investigations into Facebook’s WhatsApp and Twitter over possible breaches of EU data privacy rules.

The investigations will now move into the decision-making phase. During this next phase, Ireland’s chief data regulator, Helen Dixon, will issue draft decisions, which are expected to come toward the end of the year.

Source: Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Blasted For Data Privacy Policies

A U.S. senator Wyden is giving the four telecommunications companies until Sept. 4 to outline how they plan to better protect customer data privacy.

Wyden said that current rules that are in place that surround data retention are not enough, and that the telecom companies have been able to skirt them. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires carriers to keep records of toll calls for 18 months, for instance – but Wyden alleges that firms retain records “for much longer.”

Source: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Blasted For Data Privacy Policies | Threatpost

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